Clifford Colby with a maps shootout:
Over three outings, we found Apple and Google Maps comparable. Both accurately navigated us to our destinations and provided lots of contextual guidance during the trips. And for people in the handful of US cities where Apple Maps provides public transit info, each mapping app offers similar transit guidance. It was clear to us that the work that Apple has put into Apple Maps is paying off and puts the two mapping apps on more even footing.
That’s not to say, however, that they are identical. We thought Apple Maps was more visually appealing, especially its 3D map view. And we very much liked how you could view a small map window when in another app. Google Maps, using color-coded roads to indicate traffic conditions, offered more real-time data when driving.
By the conclusion of our trips, we thought both maps held their own, and for driving, walking, and (if you live in one of the handful of cities with Apple Maps mass-transit info) public transport, we feel sure either Apple or Google Maps app could successfully get us where we wanted to go.
That matches my experiences, too, but Apple’s Maps app gets used more than Google Maps on iPhone.